Driver Killed in Rear-End Collision in Palm Desert Identified

Driver Killed in Rear-End Collision in Palm Desert Identified

Martín Di Felice

Palm Desert, CA

Authorities today released the name of a local resident who was fatally injured when his car plowed into the back of another vehicle stopped at a red light in Palm Desert.

Robert John Powell, 55, was behind the wheel of a Honda Element that rear-ended an Acura MDX at 10:28 a.m. Saturday at Country Club Drive and Harris Lane, near Palm Desert Resort Country Club, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Brewster.

Powell died at a hospital. The Acura driver was also taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries, the sheriff’s department reported.

Westbound Country Club Drive at Harris Lane was partially closed for several hours following the crash, which remains under investigatiom.

Anyone who witnessed the collision was asked to contact the Palm Desert sheriff’s Traffic Services Team at (760) 836-1600.